The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Business

April 16, 2008

Zamias upgrading Richland’s Bel Air Plaza

A Richland Township shopping center is getting a whole new identity: The Bel Air Plaza on Scalp Avenue has been renamed The Village on Scalp.

A sign with the new name, among many upgrades that are coming, will be in place by the end of June.

The most immediate changes already are visible. Zamias Services Inc. of downtown Johnstown, which owns the plaza, already has begun work on a new facade, replacing the exterior that has been in place since 1994.

“That’s how quickly it aged,” said Stephen Zamias, CEO of Zamias Services. “I think with the type of material we’re using now as opposed to what was used then, you’re going to see a great transformation.”

The work also will include repaving the parking lot, which has become pocked. Speed bumps put in place more than 20 years ago will be removed.

“One of the reasons they were put in was, back in the mid-1980s, the teenagers at that time were using it to cruise around the strip in their cars,” Zamias said. “We felt for the safety of the customers, we needed them. But they’re going to be removed.”

The Village also is undergoing a rebirth in terms of its tenants.

Harbor Freight Tools has opened and Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath and Home will hold its opening during the first week of May.

Additionally, Zamias said his company is in negotiations with a tenant who may take the entire end of the plaza closest to Value City. If a deal can be reached, it would likely include the relocation of the Postal Service’s Bel Air substation to another vacant location in the plaza in order to free up 16,000 square feet of space the potential new tenant would require.

Zamias said the renovations are part of the newfound allure of the center. He said the work being done now was key in persuading Harbor Freight and Altmeyer’s to The Village.

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